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HPU Psychology Symposium

    By Megumi Nomura. November 6, 2014 - 11:38 am

10708532_830307960354264_739067703827666882_oThe HPU Psychology Department held their second fall 2014 psychology symposium on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Tanya D’Avanzo, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, who is currently an adjunct professor at Argosy University.  She is also a supervising neuropsychologist for the HPU Master’s program in psychology, and an executive board member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. D’Avanzo’s presentation was titled “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Window into the Disconnected Mind.”  In her talk, Dr. D’Avanzo discussed the causes, symptoms, and effects of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.2 million Americans, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the country.

Dr. D’Avanzo also considered the philosophical implications of the disease.  She stated that while Alzheimer’s disease is devastating, “it teaches us what it means to be human, what it means to be whole, and what it means to be connected.”

The psychology department is working to host these events on a monthly basis as part of their fall 2014 Psychology Symposium Series.

Victoria Hull, an officer of the Psychology Club at HPU, noted that there is wide interest among her peers in forensic psychology.  She stated that they are currently in the process of trying to find a criminal psychologist to speak at a future symposium.

The events are open to all.  Anyone who would like more information about upcoming symposiums should contact Dr. Vince Tsushima, HPU Associate Professor of Psychology, at

Photo courtesy of HPU’s Psychology Club’s Facebook page.